Thai AirAsia owner in talks to buy stake in rival Nok Air

  • Thailand's Asia Aviation said on Monday it was considering to buy a stake in rival Nok Airlines, sending its share prices up 13 percent.
  • "The company is currently considering whether such investment is appropriate," said the Chief Financial Officer of the owner of the low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia.
  • The announcement comes as national carrier, Thai Airways waived its rights to subscribe new shares in Nok Air and dropped holdings to 15.9 percent from 21.8 percent.
Nok Air plane prepare takeoff at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok's Thailand, 7 January 2019.
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Nok Air plane prepare takeoff at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok's Thailand, 7 January 2019.

Thailand's Asia Aviation, the owner of low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia, on Monday said it was considering to buy a stake in rival Nok Airlines, sending its share prices soaring.

"The company is currently considering whether such investment is appropriate," Chief Financial Officer, Santhat Sanguandikul, said in a statement, referring to acquiring shares from the billionaire Jurangkool family, sending Nok Air's share prices up 13 percent.

The company has a market capitalisation of 9.3 billion baht ($297.03 million) and the stock is currently trading at 3.06 baht, its highest since March 2018.

The Jurangkool family, which owns unlisted auto-parts company, Thai Summit and Thai Steel Cable, currently owns 53 percent in Nok Air.

The announcement comes as national carrier, Thai Airways waived its rights to subscribe new shares in Nok Air and dropped holdings to 15.9 percent from 21.8 percent.

Asia Aviation owns 55 percent in Thai AirAsia, with the remaining stake held by Malaysia's AirAsia Group.